Thursday, 13 March 2008

Stressed?

Touch was never meant to be a luxury. It is a basic human need.

We carry far more stress within us than we realize. Stress ages us, stress can be the underlying cause of many illnesses.

Gentle pressure applied to certain points of the feet correspond to the different parts of the body, to detect tiny deposits of tension which block vital energy pathways. So get those pink fluffy slippers off and start massaging!
As C is a high anxious person and not liking to be touched, after months of having in growing toe nails, he became used to his feet being touched. To make this a nicer experience for him I began massaging his feet. This is a wonderful way for him to relax and for us to spend a quality 2 minuets together!!
And for people who spend a lot of time blogging, you can give yourself a hand massage to release tension.

Melt away the tension of everyday life with a deeply relaxing massage. Help restore physical and mental balance. Uplift your senses .
Give your loved one a massage today and see how you both gain from it!! Or give yourself a massage.
And Ian - a great way to help promote a peaceful nights sleep!

Honour your body for it is the dwelling place of your soul.

52 comments:

Anne Brooke said...

I agree! Reflexology is a marvellous therapy and I wouldn't be without it! Love my regular massages too - bliss ...

:))

A
xxx

Chris H said...

Another way to de-stress is to eat a whole packet of biscuits eh? NAUGHTY girl. And giving ones self a massage is just NOT THE SAME!

Bettina said...

Good idea!!

I have a foot spa too and that's quite lovely

Sweet Irene said...

I would love to get a proper foot massage, but I wonder if Eduard would do one for me, maybe we could treat each other to one. A full body massage would be the best! Wish I could afford to have one.

Chris H said...

Hee hee he! I just hope they were really really yummy biscuits!

Casdok said...

It was only a small packet!

Elissa said...

Jack loves having his feet massaged - I quite often use this as a tool for calming him down!

Mima said...

I really love getting a massage, it is a wonderful way to destress, a treat that is relished. Lynn does my hands for me when she does my nails, so I am really spoilt! Its great to hear that C will let you touch his feet, and even better that he enjoys it.

Casdok, I am having real problems with my internet connection at the moment, so I really hope that you are not getting this 50 times, but it just doesn't seem to be going through. Sorry if you are.

motherx said...

Ill try that! Both Z and W hate having their nails cut. They always act like they have had their toes and fingers cut off after. Ive started giving them head massages, wich they love. I am very tense and use all sorts of potions, constantly changing to find the next best thing!

buffalodickdy said...

Gave a quick shoulder massage yesterday to a friend whose upper back was really tense...

lime said...

touch was never meant to be a luxury.....that says it all. thanks.

Inthemud said...

Massage is wonderful, very healing.

Like the illustrations!

Marla Baltes said...

Every now and then M will let me massage her feet. When she was a baby and toddler I noticed it really helped her.

laughingwolf said...

i've been highly tactile all my life, and even a simple touch is great stress relief!

bullet said...

I do not like the eyes on those feet !

Honeysuckle said...

I love that there's a small typo in 'minutes' suggesting that you and C enjoy quality minuets together. That's such a lovely image - nicer even than the idea of the foot massage.

CrazyCath said...

I can't stand anyone to touch my feet - unless it's for a massage. Strange huh?

Lovely post again - and very informative. I knew each bit of the foot corresponded to different parts of the body, but not in which order. Thanks!

Glad C likes his 2 min massages. 2 min better than none!

Niksmom said...

Such serendipity! I know all of this and yet I do not take the time to take great care of my body besides trying to get to the gym each week. This is a wonderful reminder for me that I do, indeed, need to "Honour your body for it is the dwelling place of your soul." And, as you know, my soul has been feeling a tad parched lately.

Phil Plasma said...

I'm usually quite relaxed as it is, I live very much by the 'don't sweat the small stuff' idealogy. By defining almost everything as 'small stuff' I don't really get stressed.

Vi said...

Give myself a massage? Nowhere near as nice as someone else giving you one!

titration said...

I couldn't have said it better myself. :) Why has touch become seen as a luxury. I don't get it. And not only that in some cases seen as something one shouldn't need.

Mrs. Fox said...

I feel more relaxed just thinking about it. :)

Ron said...

Morning Casdok~

Thank you SO MUCH for posting this!

I don't know if you knew this...but I'm a reflexologist. And I would like to share with you and your readers...that there is TREMENDOUS power in out feet and hands. I have seen it do AMAZING things!

The simple act of touching, brings great healing.

Again, thank you dear lady. You always share such wonderful things here!

Enjoy your day!

Rosie said...

head and shoulder massage was the first thing I taught Drummer boy to do, and it has stood him in good stead for girlfriends! That and being a rock god of course.
I tell him he still needs to practise on his mum and he pretends to fall for it.

Dianne said...

I got a foot bath/massage thingie for Christmas. It's coming out of the closet!! Thanks!

Dr.John said...

For a Finn to touch is in itself highly stressful.

LceeL said...

I studied a form of karate for a while, that taught self-defense by attacking pressure points. I realized, after a sort time, that the points under attack were the same points that the Chinese use in acupuncture and acupressure. And they are the same that your charts point out. Now you know how I keep my wife so 'mellow'.

moooooog35 said...

I massage myself a whole lot.

...usually while watching some type of porn.

...and, you're right...it DOES promote a peaceful night's sleep.

Ashley's Mom said...

From the time I first adopted my daughter (she was 2 and very sensory defensive), I have worked on massaging her. It was tough at first, but now, 11 years later, she really looks forward to her nightly massage with lavendar scented lotion. It's a great time for me to do some of the physical therapy stretches she's supposed to be doing.

Jim said...

Touching is another great medicine just like laughing. Touching is beautiful. My wife and I enjoy touching.

Touch is beautiful and we all need be touched with a wonderful massage.

Ian Lidster said...

Thanks for the hand-massage hint, dear friend. I am a great believer in chakras.
Oh, and we also 'need' four hugs a day. Not always possible, but a nice thought.

E said...

Wonderful. What a good mom and smart lady you are. Now you need to go and get rubbed

FXSmom said...

The day after my hysterectomy I had a lady come in to give me a foot massage. She pointed out the parts that would help me the most to massage. It reduced my pain so much!! I miss her.

deb said...

Touch is what I miss most about my children being grown up. When they were little, they touched me all day long, sometimes too much. But looking back, I realize how much they gave me. I especially miss their hugs.

Deb said...

Massage is a very excellent healing treatment. I totally believe that!

Tom Foolery said...

Time to let my hands do the talking TFX

MMC said...

I love massage and am ashamed to admit that I would happily kill for a foot massage. But DO NOT, just DO NOT, send a relexologist near me! I quite nearly jump out of my skin if someone tries reflexology on me. Pretty it ain't!

leslie said...

I think I'll copy those two illustrations and keep them on hand. I go to massage therapy every week because of my spinal stenosis - helps to relieve the muscle knots that develop from chronic pain. You might have seen my post on it. I'm so glad that C enjoys his foot massages - and I'm sure it makes you feel good knowing you're doing something he enjoys.

Odat said...

This is soo true!
Peace

Rhonda said...

love love love this post!
Thanks for the gentle reminder.

Eileen said...

Funny, I was giving Hannah a very long foot massage today, trying to relieve some of her pain. I told her about how foot massages can help with pain in other parts of the body. I am not sure if it helped her pain, but she relaxed and she stopped complaining about pain. It was like magic. I worked on both feet for 1/2 hour. This is the perfect post for me tonight. I can see why it helps C relax, and why it is also a nice bonding time.
As always, thanks.
XOXOX

Yolanda said...

Ts was informative. Thanks for sharing it.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I consider my massage sessions as part of my health regime, they are that important.

Angela said...

Yes, come see me for a massage.
My job is important
Smiles!

vivavavoom said...

I refer a lot of my patients to reflexology and massage. I think it is wonderful. In chinese medicine at the bottom of the feet, in the ball of the foot, is Kidney 1. One of those most grounding points to everyone....especially kids.
So cool you do this. I hoope you allow yourself to get it done too!!

Kittymama said...

I love massages too but I'm deathly afraid of reflexologists, something to do with my mom's old lady reflexologist who "squeezed" and "squished" till I almost passed out. The only thing I remember from the Chinese medicine lectures I've been to is that if you rub the skin between the thumb and the index finger, you're supposed to see some weight loss. I've been rubbing like crazy these past few weeks, but the twenty pounds still hang like dead weight. :-)

Meredith said...

Touch as a basic human need? Oh alright, as long as it's not too *light*, lol!
Well, Mom's a reflexologist so she knows these things on the feet and palms... but I dunno... my palms and feet are even more ticklish an sensitive, so I prefer a high pressure back massage. But it's indeed great.

Get Off My Lawn! said...

I was a skeptic of reflexology. Then I went to a martial arts seminar with Seiji Nishimura. He gave me a headache by applying presure to a part of my foot. Then he took it away. I saw him put others to sleep. I'm a believer.

Seamus said...

Foot massages are just a fact of life around here!!!

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

As a not practicing Reflexologist at the moment (and no not because I am now perfect LOL) I can say that Reflexology can relax the whole body beautifully. A good Reflexologist will be able to work on the body both physically and mentally.

Where did you get your chart from Casdok - just wondering which school of Reflexology it represents as there are differences between them.

Jen P said...

I swear by the sinus thing. I've also started massaging The Younger's feet at night and that relaxes him enough to fall asleep...Now if we could only get it help him STAY asleep...

SB said...

I would rather have a foot rub than a dozen roses ANY DAY. I love foot rubs!! LOVE. THEM!